Adventure, vibrant dishes in MKR#4
For best friends Mbali and Mark it’s all about tradition and their menu proved their love for their heritage, but also showed that they like to push the limits a little.
They love cooking and want the judges and guests to experience them and their heritage. Mark says: “… we can cook.”
They brought ‘home’ to their menu and home-restaurant with African beer from a tavern in the rural area and their menu choice that showed simplicity and tradition. Their restaurant name, ‘Matheku’ or ‘Where the spirits of kings roam’ and the setting was one that wowed the guests and judges.
“We have been celebrating traditional SA foods and, again, it’s spot-on,” -Judge J’Something said, “We saw great team-work in the kitchen and the calm duo elevated the known ‘normal’ dishes.
Their starter, a classical South African dish with a twist, was executed clever and creatively, but lacked flavour. Their main was also a creative creation and received some good feed-back from the judges, but not from the guests and the common complaint was that it needed more sauce. Their dessert looked the part but did not work as well as they had hoped it would and most of the guests did not seem very pleased about the dish. Their African beer did nothing to enhance the dish either.
Their fellow contestants did not hold back on the comments and their score came in at a low 19 out of 40, with the lowest score, a disappointing 2, from Azraa and Waven. The judges awarded them a healthy 58 out of 100. It does, however, not secure their position in the competition, leaving them at the bottom of the scoreboard and, with only one home restaurant to go, they are feeling the pressure.
In the next episode it’s the Portuguese sisters Jessica and Nicole from Linden hoping to show their skill and make it through to the next round of My Kitchen Rules SA.
This is a show where you come for the food and stay for the drama and the best of what Nederburg Wines has to offer. Comment and critic can be crude and brutally honest, but with a huge prize money at stake, taking the heat might be worth it. This season’s 10 pairs of home cooks will steam and cook it till 11 December, where one of the 10 pairs will walk away with R1 million!
My Kitchen Rules SA is produced by PictureTree and proudly sponsored by Nederburg. The series is available on DStv Premium on M-Net (Channel 101) every Sunday at 6pm from 4 September 2022, as well as live streamed on the DStv App, and is also available on DStv Catch Up after broadcast. Visit the M-Net Website for exclusive show content and join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using #MKRSA.